This morning I could see my breath as I walked the dog early; the other sign of the changing season is that although the trees still seem green on a quick glance if you look properly you can see that to paint them you would need to introduce some oranges and yellows into the palette.
Today's painting is based on a reference photo by Janina Suuronen called "Just a Little Walk" - thanks, Janina. I took inspiration for the woodland colour palette from one of my own photos from last year taken in the local forest where I walk my dog every day:
I had anticipated having some challenges with painting the horse and the tack, but not particularly with the woodland. Wrong.
In terms of process, I put the sky in first (although not much is left visible), scrubbed in the woodland track roughly and then put in the trees.
I laid leaves on top.
And the trees disappeared.
I scraped off some leaves and restated the trees and the delicate colour harmony disappeared to mush.
I scraped off the mush and re-painted the trees.
In putting the leaves back on I lost half of the trees.
I scraped off the leaves and re-stated the trees…
There is a famous Bernard Cribbins song, "Right, said Fred" (link through to YouTube) which just about sums up the process I went through to realise this painting.
So, on that note - I am off to have a cup of tea.